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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique microwaves rating which considers: 10,000 UK prices • 12,000 expert & user reviews • 1,700 product comparisons • Score breakdown
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#1

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Magic Chef MCM1611

31 Reviews

£97.26

Freestanding
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1,100W
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45.3L
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£520
Over 10 years
Dec 2018
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Panasonic NN‑CT56

28 Reviews

£193.99

Freestanding
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1,000W
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27L
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£470
Over 10 years
Apr 2018
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Sharp R372

24 Reviews

£75.00

Freestanding
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900W
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25L
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£420
Over 10 years
Apr 2016
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Daewoo KOC‑9C0T

7 Reviews

£79.95

Freestanding
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900W
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28L
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£420
Over 10 years
Nov 2017
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Samsung MC28H5013A

254 Reviews

£129.00

Freestanding
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1,400W
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28L
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Info
£420
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
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Russell Hobbs RHM2574

6 Reviews

£89.95

Freestanding
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900W
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25L
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Info
£420
Over 10 years
Feb 2017
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Samsung MC32K7055C

23 Reviews

£290.50

Freestanding
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900W
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32L
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Info
£420
Over 10 years
Aug 2018
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Russell Hobbs RHM3002

463 Reviews

£135.00

Freestanding
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900W
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30L
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£420
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
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Samsung MS28J5215A

273 Reviews

£108.99

Freestanding
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1,000W
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28L
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£470
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
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Samsung MC28H5135CK

26 Reviews

£197.99

Freestanding
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900W
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28L
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£420
Over 10 years
Aug 2018
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Magic Chef MCM1110

£97.29

Freestanding
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1,000W
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31.1L
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£470
Over 10 years
Dec 2018
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Samsung MS28J5255

138 Reviews

£139.99

Freestanding
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1,000W
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28L
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£470
Over 10 years
Apr 2016
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Kenwood K25MSS11

326 Reviews

£80.00

Freestanding
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900W
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25L
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£420
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
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Kenwood K25MB14

317 Reviews

£74.99

Freestanding
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900W
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25L
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£420
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Jul 2015
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Samsung MS23F301

136 Reviews

£64.99

Freestanding
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800W
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23L
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£370
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
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Daewoo KOR9G

78 Reviews

£69.00

Freestanding
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900W
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26L
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£420
Over 10 years
Jun 2015
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Sharp R860

5 Reviews

£104.97

Freestanding
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900W
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25L
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£420
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Nov 2016
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Panasonic NN‑CT57

£189.00

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1,000W
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27L
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£470
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Apr 2018
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Kenwood K25MW14

218 Reviews

£65.00

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900W
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25L
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£420
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Jul 2015
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Samsung MG23K3575

11 Reviews

£118.99

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800W
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23L
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£370
Over 10 years
Aug 2018
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What Are The Best Microwave Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every microwave and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated microwave brand is Panasonic with an average rating of 89%. Compare all award winning microwaves.

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Panasonic Microwaves 69 £75 - £379
89%
368 reviews
#2
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Whirlpool Microwaves 71 £70 - £1,099
88%
82 reviews
#3
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Sharp Microwaves 55 £49 - £576
88%
443 reviews
#4
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Samsung Microwaves 72 £50 - £660
87%
1,586 reviews
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Daewoo Microwaves 48 £45 - £154
86%
153 reviews
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Hotpoint Microwaves 56 £60 - £323
86%
174 reviews
#7
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Russell Hobbs Microwaves 40 £45 - £250
86%
3,126 reviews
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Smeg Microwaves 22 £188 - £799
86%
1 review
#9
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Neff Microwaves 31 £220 - £1,044
85%
48 reviews
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Bosch Microwaves 58 £95 - £1,342
85%
358 reviews
#11
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Siemens Microwaves 25 £214 - £1,265
76%
12 reviews
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LG Microwaves 31 £122 - £364
8%
3 reviews
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Severin Microwaves 22 £46 - £281

Trending Microwave Comparisons

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Samsung
MS23K3555E
£89.97
£167 cheaper
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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LG
NeoChef
£256.64
Two months
newer
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Kenwood
K30CSS14
£100.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Bigger interior
capacity
VS
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Hotpoint
2621
£99.99
User reviews
are better
Overall reviews
are better
10 months newer
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Franke
FMW 250 CS2 G
£335.00
5L bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Smeg
FMI320X
£200.00
£135 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
13 months newer
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Russell Hobbs
RHM2362
£74.99
£47 cheaper to
run over five
years
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Kenwood
K25MB14
£74.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Marginally
better user
reviews
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Swan
SM22090COPN
£89.95
Cheaper to run
by £47 over
five years
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Sharp
R244
£79.99
£10 cheaper
Better brand
Bigger interior
capacity
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Samsung
MS23F301
£54.99
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
User reviews
are better
VS
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Russell Hobbs
RHM2076
£44.99
£10 cheaper
More popular
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Russell Hobbs
RHM2017
£69.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Much better
overall reviews
VS
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Swan
SM22080
£59.99
£10 cheaper
User reviews
are better
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Russell Hobbs
RHFM2363
£99.99
User reviews
are better
Overall reviews
are better
11% cheaper to
run over five
years
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Kenwood
K25CSE16
£89.00
£11 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Better brand
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Kenwood
K23MFW15
£89.00
£36 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Newer by 22
months
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Panasonic
NN-SD25H
£124.98
Better brand
User reviews
are better
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Kenwood
K30CSS14
£100.00
Better brand
10% cheaper to
run over five
years
Bigger interior
capacity
VS
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Samsung
MS28J5215A
£89.00
£11 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Nine months
newer
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Samsung
MC35J8088LT
£250.00
£170 cheaper
£47 cheaper to
run over five
years
6% bigger
interior
capacity
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Whirlpool
MWP 3391 SX
£419.72
Two years newer
Better brand
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Samsung
MS28J5215A
£89.00
£11 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Russell Hobbs
RHFM2363
£99.99
£94 cheaper to
run over five
years
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Samsung
CM1089
£324.00
Newer by 14
months
15% cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Panasonic
NN-CD58JSBPQ
£249.00
£75 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
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KitchenAid
KMQCX 45600
£1,250.00
A lot bigger
interior
capacity
Newer by four
months
VS
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Hotpoint
MWH1221X
£124.99
£1,125 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
11% cheaper to
run over five
years
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Hotpoint
MWH 2621
£119.97
£94 cheaper to
run over five
years
2L bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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Panasonic
NN-SD25H
£124.98
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
14 months newer
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Swan
SM40010
£69.00
Slightly better
user reviews
Slightly better
overall reviews
VS
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Kenwood
K20MSS15
£59.00
£10 cheaper
Better brand
Five months
newer
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Samsung
MC28M6075
£149.99
£44 cheaper
Newer by four
months
£47 cheaper to
run over five
years
VS
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Panasonic
NN-CT56
£193.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
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Samsung
MS23F301
£54.99
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
User reviews
are a little
better
VS
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Daewoo
KOR6M17
£48.00
£7 cheaper
12% cheaper to
run over five
years
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Bosch
CMG633BB1
£628.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
13L bigger
interior
capacity
VS
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LG
MH7265DPS
£500.00
£128 cheaper
Newer by 23
months
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Zanussi
ZBG26542
£379.99
£119 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Cheaper to run
by £47 over
five years
VS
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KitchenAid
KMQFX33910
£499.00
Nine months
newer
11L bigger
interior
capacity
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is a steam function?
AThis is a way of cooking foods using bursts of hot steam rather than direct heat or microwaves. It's a more delicate form of cooking, best suited to vegetables, dumplings and even pasta.
QWhat is combination cooking on a microwave?
AThis involves using both the microwave and oven or grill functions of the appliance simultaneously - frequently the microwaves are used to cook the food quickly, while the grill crisps and browns the top.
QWhat is a rotisserie?
AA rotisserie spit is a special rotating skewer available as an add-on for some premium microwaves. It allows you to spit-roast chicken and meat in the microwave - meaning the appliance can be used to cook many more dishes.

Microwave Buying Guide

A microwave is a necessity of any modern kitchen. It is a versatile tool that can be used for far more than just reheating leftovers - it can be used for all manner of cooking, from poaching salmon to baking potatoes.

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Capacity

Microwaves come in all different shores and sizes, and are primarily differentiated by their capacity, measured in litres (L). The bigger the capacity of your microwave, the larger the food you can cook in it. Some microwaves just fit single plates or bowls, while other models are large enough to fit an entire chicken or soup pot in.

Oven & Grill Functions

Some microwaves have the ability to function as ovens and grills in addition to standard microwave cooking. Microwaves that have an added grill function combine the normal microwave cooking with a heated element either on the top or the sides of the machine - this allows it to function similar to a standard grill. Microwave ovens, on the other hand, can cook and roast food exactly like a convection oven. Whichever model you pick, these types of microwaves greatly increase the types of food you can cook, and turn your microwave into the central cooking tool in your kitchen - you can roast fish and beef, roast vegetables and grill cheese toasties!

More advanced models of microwave may also have a steamer function. As the name suggests, a steamer addition to the microwave uses boiling water to generate bursts of hot steam inside the microwave. This is a great method of delicately cooking vegetables so they retain the maximum amount of nutrients, and can also be used for cooking fish, dumplings, or Chinese-style pancakes for roast duck. While normally only found in the most high-level and expensive microwaves, it allows the appliance to become even more versatile as a cooking tool, and therefore may well be worth the extra expense.

Power Levels/Cooking Programs

Microwaves are all given a power level, rated in Watts. The higher the power level, the faster your food will be cooked. Most modern microwaves come with a range of power levels, allowing you great flexibility when preparing your food. They also come with specific setting for warming, reheating or defrosting food - extremely useful in speeding up cooking times, or reheating food previously cooked. Defrosting is an especially useful setting, meaning that joints of meat and frozen food can be brought up to room temperature in a matter of minutes.

Many microwaves now have a selection of automatic cooking functions as well. These allow you to input a type of food to cook (potatoes, chicken, soups, etc) and a weight, and the microwave will automatically calculate the power level and time needed to cook it perfectly. Conveniences like this can make preparing dinner hassle-free, and remove the guesswork and constant checking to see if your food is ready.

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This automatic cooking function can also extend to defrosting and reheating leftovers, making the microwave an invaluable tool for easy food heating and prep. Some advanced models of microwave also offer a 'power defrost' setting, which can defrost frozen meat far quickly than usual defrost programs. However because this defrost cycle is far more powerful, care has to be given to make sure that you don't accidentally part cook the food while it's being defrosted.

Extra Features

Finally, some microwaves comes with a collection of extra features, to make cooking easier or more convenient. These can include recipe books detailing how to cook different types of food, baking trays designed to fit comfortably into the machine, or racks to allow multiple dishes to be cooked at once. Some microwave ovens even include a rotisserie spit, allowing you to cook spit-roasted chicken or pork.

Microwave Retailers, Prices and Features

Microwave Prices

We currently list 608 microwaves ranging from £20 to £2,400. A new microwave costs on average £236 and 80% of microwaves are priced between £65 and £499. The most expensive microwave that we found is the Miele DGM6500 at £2,400, and the cheapest is the Tower T24021 at only £20.

Microwave Brands - Price Range

The highest average microwave price out of all brands is Miele microwaves with an average price of £953. Miele microwaves start at £506 and their most expensive microwave costs £2,400.

The second highest average microwave price out of all brands is KitchenAid microwaves with an average price of £875. KitchenAid microwaves range in price from £499 to £1,250.

Fisher & Paykel microwaves start at £800 and their most expensive microwave costs £800. The average price of Fisher & Paykel microwaves is £800 which is the third highest average price of all microwave brands.

Microwave Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 26 expert reviews and 10,318 user reviews for microwaves and used this data to evaluate the average rating for each brand of microwave. Panasonic is the top rated microwave brand with an average rating of 89%. Whirlpool is the second best brand with 88% and Sharp is the third best brand with 88%.

Biggest Microwave Retailers

We found 623 current offers for microwaves from eBay making it the biggest microwave retailer. That is more than twice as big as the second biggest retailer, AO for whom we found 228 current offers for microwaves. The third biggest retailer is Currys with 198 current microwave offers.

When Are Most New Microwaves Released?

March to April is the most common period for new microwaves to be released in. That means that most of the latest microwave technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. The biggest month in 2018 for new microwave releases was March, with 33 new microwaves released that month. In 2017 most new microwaves were released in April, with 68 new microwaves released that month. In October 2016, 115 new microwaves were released making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases.

How Fast Do Microwave Prices Drop After Release?

On average microwaves drop in price by 3% in the first 6 months after release. On a typical new microwave costing £236, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average £7.

Case Designs

The case design of the microwave shows whether it is meant to be free standing, or designed to be built into fixtures unobtrusively.

We found 670 microwaves that are freestanding microwaves, which makes freestanding the most frequently found case design amongst new microwaves. The second most frequently found case design amongst new microwaves is integrated. We found 373 microwaves that are integrated microwaves.

Microwave Powers

'Microwave Power' denotes how strong the cooking power of the microwave is, measured in watts (W).

Comparing all microwaves, the microwave powers range from 500W to 3,600W. The microwave powers of the majority of microwaves range from 900W to 950W. The microwave with the biggest microwave power is the Siemens CM656GBS6B, which is a 3,600W microwave and currently retails for £989.57. The microwave with the smallest microwave power is the Zanussi ZFM15100SA, which is a 500W microwave and is on sale for £119.70.

A higher power level that food cooked in the microwave will cook quicker and more efficiently.

Interior Capacities

'Interior Capacity' is how much the microwave can hold, measured in litres (L).

Comparing all microwaves, the interior capacities range from 1.5L to 62L. The interior capacities of the majority of microwaves range from 22L to 26L. The Zanussi ZKK47902XK, which is priced at £510.00, has the biggest interior capacity and is a 51L capacity microwave. The Hotpoint MWH1331B, which currently retails for £99.00, has the smallest interior capacity and is a 13L capacity microwave.

A bigger capacity means that the microwave is capable of holding - and therefore cooking - more food at once.

Available Colours

Black is the most common colour amongst new microwaves. We found 420 microwaves that are microwaves that have a black coloured. We found 413 microwaves that are microwaves that have a stainless steel coloured, making stainless steel the second most frequently found colour amongst new microwaves.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Microwaves?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying microwaves. For each retailer it shows the total number of microwaves where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying microwaves. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was eBay. 413 of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Microwaves for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for microwaves by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of microwave prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's microwave prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was eBay. 66.3% of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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